Brahmapurana
  • Adri – 3

    When Adrikā (Adrika), the celestial nymph, having been cursed or imprecated took birth at Añjana (Anjana) mountains in the form of a female cat, she became the wife of Keśarī (Kesari), the chief of the vanara (vanara; the monkey people). A piśāca (pishacha) or a ghoul named Adri was born of Adrikā, sired by Niṛṛti (Nirwiti). He is […]

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  • Adrika

    One of the apsarās (apsaras) born of Prajāpati Kaśyapa (Prajapati Kashyapa) to Dakṣa’s (Daksha’s) daughter Muni. It is known that when King Uparicara (Uparichara) Vasu used to reside in the divine seven storied abode given to him by Indra, Adrikā, the apsarā, used to live there with him. One day, while King Uparicaravasu (Amāvasu or […]

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  • Agnaukarana

    Agnaukaraṇa (agnaukarana) is a process described in the Smṛti (Smriti) scriptures. Agnaukaraṇa is the process of offering cooked rice and sacred ghee as oblations to the holy fire (Agni) at funerals performed on special occasions or at monthly funeral rites. The idea is basically this: while, from among the items required for a funeral rite, […]

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  • Agnitirtha – 5

    Agnitīrtha (Agnitirtha) is a holy place of pilgrimage located on the banks of the Godavari river (also known as Gautamī Gaṅgā; Gautami Ganga). This place is also famous as Yamatīrtha (Yamatirtha). [See. Yamatīrtha – 3]

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  • Aikshwaki – 2

    According to Matsyapurāṇa (Matsyapurana), Aikṣvāki (Aikshwaki) is the wife of Jantu, belonging to Jyāmogha (Jyamogha) dynasty. She gave birth to a son called Sātvata (Satwata), fathered by Jantu. In Brahmāṇḍapurāṇa (Brahmandapurana) and Vāyupurāṇa (Vayupurana), Aikṣvākī is the wife of Purudvaha belonging to Jyāmogha dynasty. Satva is the son of Purudvaha and Aikṣvākī. In Liṅgapurāṇa(Lingapurana) it […]

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  • Akapi

    Akapi is one of the seven sages existing at the time of the fourth epoch, known as Tāmasa manvantara (Tamasa manwantara). The name Akapi can be found only in Matsyapurāṇa (Matsyapurana) and in connection with another sage named Kapi of the same sect. The names of the seven sages present during the Tāmasa manvantara recorded in […]

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  • Akrura – 1

    Born in the Vṛṣṇi (Vrishni) clan, Akrūra (Akrura) was one of Kṛṣṇa ‘s (Krishna’s) kinsmen. He has been referred to as a Vṛṣṇi hero in Mahābhārāta (Mahabharata) time and again. In Mahābhārata, several heroes from the Vṛṣṇi clan attended Draupadī’s svayaṃvara (swayamvara) as her suitors. The Pāñcāla (Panchala) prince Dhṛṣtyadyumna (Dhrishtadyumna), while listing the names […]

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  • Akshasutra

    The wife of Āpastamba (Apastamba), a sage renowned in Purāṇas (Puranas). Akṣasūtrā (Akshsutra), a devoted wife, gave birth to a son named Karki.

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  • Angushtha – 2

    It has been mentioned in Purāṇas (Puranas) that in the first stage of creating the populace of the Earth, Dakṣa (Daksha) was born out of the right thumb of Prajāpati Brahmā (Prajapati Brahma)  — *aṅguṣṭhād brahmaṇo jajñe dakṣaḥ kila śubhavrataḥ. *dakṣo’ṅguṣṭhat svayambhūvaḥ. Brahmāpurāṇa (Brahmapurana) mentions that Dakṣa’s wife was created out of the left thumb […]

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  • Apastamvatirtha

    A sacred pilgrimage-site located on the bank of the river Gautamī Gangā (Gautami Ganga) or Godavarī (Godavari). Āpastamva (Apastamva) was a wise and great ṛṣi (rishi;sage), and this sacred site has been named after his name.

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  • Aruna-Varuna sangama

    Aruṇā (Aruna)and Varuṇā(Varuna), two sacred rivers have merged into Gautamī Gaṅgā (Gautami Ganga). The place of this assimilation of the flows is known as Aruṇā-Varuṇāsaṅgama (Aruna-Varunasangama; the place of union of the two rivers), but Padmapurāṇa (Padmapurana)says that initially Godāvarī flowed in between Aruṇā and Varuṇā — aruṇā-varuṇayormadhye yatra godāvarī nadī. Basically, this Gautamī Gaṅgā […]

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  • Aswatirtha – 2

    Aśvatīrtha (Aswatirtha) is a sacred site of pilgrimage located on the bank of Godāvarī (Godavari). The two Aśvinikumāra(s) emerged in this place.

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  • Atreyatirtha

    Ātreyatīrtha(Atreyatirtha) is a sacred site of pilgrimage located upon the northern bank of the river Godāvarī (Godavari). This is also known as ‘Anvindra’ which means Anu+Indra, that is, ‘to follow Indra’. Sage Ātreya(Atreya) and his son, under the power of illusion, once prayed to God Brahmā(Brahma), to achieve wealth and power like that of Indra. […]

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  • Avighnatirtha

    Avighnatīrtha (Avighnatirtha) is a sacred site of pilgrimage located towards the north of Gautamī Gaṅgā (Gautami Ganga) or Godāvarī (Godavari). Once the gods started performing a yajña(yajna; a  ritual involving fire-sacrifice ) on the north bank of Gautamī Gaṅgā, but the yajña was not successful due to hazards created by the primary god Ganeśa (Ganesa). […]

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  • Ekavira – 1

    (Ekavira) is a river issued out of Sahyādri (Sahyadri; the mountain called Sahyadri in South India).

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  • Ila – 6

    Ilā (Ila) is a sacred river-based pilgrimage-site mentioned in Vanaparva of Mahābhārata (Mahabharata). It is located on the bank of the river Godāvarī (Godavari). The Pāṇḍavas (Pandavas) once took birth at this river-site.

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  • Rinamochanatirtha – 3

    Ṛṇamocanatīrtha (Rinamochanatirtha)is a sacred site of pilgrimage on the bank of Gautamī Gaṅgā (Gautami Ganga)or Godāvarī (Godavari). The two sons of king Kākṣīvān(Kakshivan) did not get married, and therefore, they were unable to procreate and maintain the genealogical line. For this, their forefathers got angry with them, and God Brahmā (Brahma) advised them to visit […]

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  • Rishisatra

    Ṛṣisatra (Rishisatra) is a tīrtha (tirtha; site of pilgrimage ) by the river Godāvarī. The Saptarṣi (Saptarshi; legendary seven sages) performed a yajña (yajna; a holy fire-sacrifice) at this place. According to Purāṇa (Purana; Mythological Scripture), it is believed to be the birth-place of Vṛtrāsura (Vritrasura) .

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  • Urdhvavahu – 2

    Ūrdhvavāhu (Urdhvavahu) is one of the sons born of the womb of Ūrjjā (urjja), sired by Sage Vaśiṣṭha (Vasistha). In Raivata Manvantara, when Vibhu became Indra, Ūrdhvavāhu was one of the Saptarṣi (Saptarshi; the legendary seven sages hailed in ancient mythology).

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